How do Christianity's core ethical teachings impact on Christian life?

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Christianity is a religion based on ethical teachings. The Christian Ethical Teachings are based on the belief that the adherent is an image of god with intellect, free will and power of self determination. The extent to which the ethical teaching impacts on a person's life is obviously dependent on how devoted to Christianity the adherents are The main ethical teachings which I will focus on are. The 10 commandments the New Testament ethics, that is: - the beatitudes - Jesus' commandment of love. The 10 commandments are a part of the whole body of laws given to the Israelites after they had escaped from slavery in Egypt and were setting out for the Promised Land. At Mount Sinai, god promised to take the people as god's own, protecting and caring for the them. In exchange the Israelites had to keep the law, the many rules given by god to help the people survive as a community and live in right relationship with each other and their god.

Today Christians understand the 10 commandments to be ethical concepts. Many adherents live by the 10 commandments, for example by attending church on Sunday for the worship of god. It says in the 10 commandments "thou shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy", this ethical teaching in Christianity has impacted on Christian life, in that Christians follow the teaching and do indeed remember and keep the Sabbath day holy by attending church. As I mentioned before it is totally dependant on how dedicated the adherent is, to the core ethical teaching and how much it impacts on their 'Christian' life. As one of the 10 commandments, I thought it was the most appropriate as it is probably the most common commandment adhered to, though commandments like "you shall not kill" adhered...